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Best Winter Family Vacations

School's out for the holiday season and work hours have finally let up, so why not gather the whole gang and head out on a family-friendly winter escape? Whether your needs are best suited by adventure travel, high temperatures or cultural immersion, U.S. News Travel has ranked the top vacation destinations for families to help you make the most of your time off.

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Why go: Theme parks — Orlando's most notable attractions — comprise the dream vacations of families across the world. With enough entertainment and kid-friendly fare to satisfy your little ones for weeks, Orlando adds its warm winter weather to a long list of family vacation draws. Read More»

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Why go: You'll experience diverse climates in varied regions of this Central American locale, but overall a visit to Costa Rica in winter is likely to be sunny and warm. Many all-inclusive resorts cater to families with perks like babysitting services, children's activities and family-friendly dining options. Read More»

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Why go: Winter in Rome means you won't have to fend off hordes of tourists to see some of the city's most worthwhile attractions. Rome offers history lessons the whole family can enjoy, plus plenty of opportunities for just plain fun (think: pizza-tossing classes, biking tours and lots of gelato). Read More»

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Why go: Snow tubing, ice skating and skiing (including kid-friendly bunny hills) are just a few of the activities that Jackson Hole's family-oriented resorts offer during the winter season. For a warmer option, the Wyoming spot also boasts an indoor Children's Museum. Read More»

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Why go: The Honolulu Zoo, the Hawaiian Water Adventure Park and several family resorts help make Waikiki Beach an especially kid-friendly part of Honolulu. Meanwhile, fairly high temperatures encompass a big part of the U.S. destination's wintertime appeal. Read More»

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Why go: Popular Bahamian resorts like Atlantis have kid-approved amenities like children's play areas, marine habitats and video arcades. Add in the reprieve of warm weather and the islands' relatively close proximity to the U.S., and the Bahamas is perfectly suited for wintertime family fun. Read More»

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Why go: With near-perfect weather, Punta Cana offers the perfect setting for families looking to soak up the sun. Family-focused resorts keep guests of all ages entertained, and parents can ensure their vacation is up to par with a round on one of the beachside golf courses. Read More»

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Why go: Collecting shells along the sandy shores, exploring the Sanibel Lighthouse and indulging in fresh seafood are just a few activities that families can enjoy on Sanibel Island. Temperatures rest in the mid-70s this time of year but can get chilly at night, so pack some light layers. Read More»

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Why go: Tourists tend to steer clear of Washington's monuments and museums, searching instead for warmer climates. But families who visit D.C. in winter won't be disappointed: You'll find numerous kid-friendly seasonal events like the National Tree Lighting and Zoo Lights at the National Zoo. Read More»

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Why go: Although winter in Barcelona isn't particularly warm, families can take advantage of the city's indoor cultural sites. Or, bundle up to explore the vibrant produce and crafts for sale at the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria or to watch an awe-inspiring light show at Montjuïc Fountain. Read More»

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Why go: Piles of fresh snow are ideal for winter activities like skiing and snowboarding. And your kids can join in the winter fun too — some Aspen resorts offer classes and workshops for young beginners. Plus, many hotels offer family packages and lodging or dining discounts for children. Read More»

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Why go: Winter activities abound in Vermont's charming ski town. When you're not exploring the destination's quaint shops as a family, kids can enjoy children's program at resorts like Smuggler's Notch and Stowe Mountain Resort. Read More»

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